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by Andre Whitehead

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This Week at Tennessee Prep Hoops (January 21-26)


Welcome to our newest weekly feature. This segment will be called This Week at Tennessee Prep Hoops and will feature what's happening in the hoops world in our state information on upcoming tournaments, commitments, future showcases, unsigned senior events and more.



On Tuesday I was off to Knoxville Catholic as the Irish tangled with Maryville in a district clash. Maryville got 29 big points from senior forward Clark McCall (Maryville) as they took care of the Irish. Chris Cox (Knoxville Catholic) had a good game for the Irish. Weather took most of the Friday games away but Saturday I was headed to watch the showdown in Nashville between CPA and Ensworth.

A huge crowd had the gym filled two hours before tip-off with coaches from Tennessee and Purdue in the arena CPA used its depth and 22 points from junior Jake Allsmiller (CPA) to overcome a tough and determined Ensworth ball team. Jalen Lindsey (CPA) finished with 18, including 15 in the second half while Ensworth was led by senior stalwart Corn Elder (Ensworth) who led all scorers with 25.



Here is my ballot for the A.P. State Boy's Basketball Polls this past week which were released on Tuesday.


Class AAA

  1. Blackman
  2. Southwind
  3. Science Hill
  4. Ridgeway
  5. Brentwood
  6. Siegel
  7. Hamilton
  8. White Station
  9. Dyer County
  10. Maryville


Class AA

  1. CPA
  2. Jackson Southside
  3. Covington
  4. Sheffield
  5. Giles County
  6. Waverly Central
  7. Fulton
  8. Cheatham County
  9. Fayette-Ware
  10. Mitchell


Class A

  1. Wartburg Central
  2. BTW
  3. Watertown
  4. Mt. Pleasant
  5. Columbia Academy
  6. Clay County
  7. TCA
  8. Union City
  9. Cloudland
  10. Richland


DII/ Class A/AA

  1. Briarcrest
  2. Ensworth
  3. CBHS
  4. FRA
  5. Knoxville Webb
  6. PJPII
  7. Father Ryan
  8. MUS
  9. St. George's
  10. DCA



As we do each and every season I will look through the rosters of all the D1 teams from around the country and list the players from the state of Tennessee who appear on those respective rosters. Some players may be walk-ons or scholarship athletes. Look for that in the coming weeks.  


I will have my nominations for Mr. Basketball posted on here next week.



East Tennessee

Will Adams (Science Hill)

Way up in the upper part of East Tennessee lives the Hilltoppers of Science Hill. The Toppers are again state relevant at 25-2 and are led by a gaggle of senior including point guard Will Adams. A dynamic defender at 5'10, Adams is football tough and relishes the role of stopper. Don't think he has no offensive skills however as Adams can knock down the long ball and uses his thickness to finish at the rim.  

Middle Tennessee

Jacob Saunders (Cheatham County)

Junior shooting guard is playing some of his best basketball at this juncture and has his team state ranked and vying for a serious playoff run at the end of the month. Saunders, who surpassed the 1,000 point plateau earlier in the season, is a competitor and will be fun to watch as the Cubs make their move in the postseason.  

West Tennessee

Zamarlus Griffin (BTW)

Who leads the greater Memphis area in scoring as we speak, I bet you could come up with a dozen names right off the top of your head but you may be wrong because Mr. Griffin stands atop the city scoring list as we speak. Griffin, who has Warriors atop the Class A polls, is waiting for his chance to be seen by the masses come March at the state tournament.




East Tennessee


The top dawg in District 3AAA, the Panthers are proving they are the team to beat in this district. A group of tough kids led by some serious shooting guards including Clay Payne (Powell), Jake Rase (Powell) and Dallas Fields (Powell), has the Powell community on the brink of excitement as we roll into February action. At 16-1 they cracked the A.P. Class AAA state rankings this week at #10.

Middle Tennessee


Under the radar, the Wildcats of DCA are making waves in the mid-state DII hoops arena. State ranked and looking to have another fine run in the postseason, the Wildcats are led by senior guards Joshua Joy (DCA) and Carson Outlaw (DCA). Stalwarts of the Tennessee Prep Hoops Nashville Fall League since our inception, these guys stir the drink for the Cats. Look for continued big production from junior wing man Clay Hertel (DCA) as the playoffs loom around the bend.

West Tennessee


Quietly taking charge in District 16AA, the Bears of Trezevant are unblemished in district action and are looking to take this all the way to the ‘boro come March. Led by a pair of talented seniors in shooting guard Tyrone Wooten (Trezevant) and athletic, undersized post player Tedarious Neely (Trezevant) this clan of Bears is willing and able to make some noise on the Bluff City hoops scene.


Future 150 Main Event…..Tennessee Represents




Full fledged hoops this past weekend at the Future 150 Main Event in Birmingham saw the Volunteer state fairing very well in hardwood action.




Team Thad



Team Thad blazed on the scene picking up right where they left off last summer dispatching of four opponents before travel conflicts cut there tournament run short.



The Memphis crew got things rolling with an easy 87-65 victory over the Birmingham Ice. Chris Chiozza (White Station) led the scoring with 18 markers followed closely by Leron Black (White Station) with 17, Jerry Johnson (Houston) with 13 and Marcanvis Hymon (Whitehaven) pitched in a double/double with 10 points and 11 caroms.



Victim #2 the D1 Ambassadors had little to offer as Team Thad blasted their way to a 65-25 shellacking. Black took scoring honors with 16 while C.J. Anderson (Whitehaven) added 11 markers.



The Memphis Falcons proved to be no contest as Team Thad bested their city opponents 64-16 with balanced scoring from Riley Norris (Alabama) with 16, Anderson with 14 and Chiozza with 12.



The Birmingham Ice apparently hadn't had enough so Team Thad again made easy work of the Alabama crew to the tune of 72-64. Hymon led a very balanced attack with 12. Black added 11 in the teams final game before departure.




Chattanooga Elite



A newcomer on the summer scene the Chattanooga Elite started the Future 150 with a rough 0-2 mark in pool play. Then things beam to pick up...and pick up they did. The Elite began a five game winning streak starting with a quarter-final victory over the Alabama Lightning 76-74 behind 22 points and the game winner from Orlando Moore (Brainerd).



Sadik Spence (Tyner Academy) added 16, Logan Cox (Bradley Central) dropped 15 and Cudjoe Young (Howard) finished with 11 for the Elite.



In the semi-final Moore led with 18 as the Elite bested the Alabama Blue Devils 63-47. Young added 14, Spence pitched in with 12, while Alex Watkins (Tyner Academy) scored 11 and snatched 13 boards in the big win.



Moore and Spence continued to do damage as the duo scored 22 and 16 respectively lifting the Elite to the championship game victory over the Louisiana Rockets 76-61. Cox chipped in with 12 and Young managed 11 in the great drive to the crown.




Tennessee Panthers



The Panthers had a very nice opening weekend finishing 3-1 winning their pool and advancing to the final eight.



Terry Holt (East Nashville) declared this the summer of Holt with his scoring performances for the Panthers. The rising senior guard notched a triple double with 16 markers, 11 boards and 12 dimes in a tight 67-64 overtime win against the Georgia Kings. Kin Webster (Hillsboro) managed 11 points and 10 boards as well.



Holt took the lead scoring 27 points as the Panthers marched on the Arkansas Soldiers 79-63. Tyrell Clary (Alabama) added 16 while Ty Chilcutt (Station Camp) and Webster finished with 12 and 11 respectively.



Holt continued to make the scorer's table folks work dropping 29 in a close 64-61 win over Pinnacle. Patrick Smith (East Nashville) was credited with 10 assists in this contest majority going to his prep teammate.



Holt finished out the tourney with a 26 point effort in the Panthers 61-55 loss to Team Vigilance. Smith stuffed the stat sheet with 10 markers, 7 dimes and 8 caroms for a nice effort. Josh Brewer (Beech) had a solid game scoring 6 points, blocking 5 shots and snatching 8 boards.



In the 15 and under division, the Tennessee Panthers also had a fine showing winning their pool before bowing out in bracket action.



Austin Douglas (Cheatham County) dropped 17 points as the Panthers bested the Alabama Force 67-54. Marquis Davis (LaVergne) added 13 while Taveres Hailey (MLK) and Jake West (Hendersonville) pitched in with 11 and 10 each.



Douglas continued his scoring rampage dangling 24 in a nice victory over Team Prototype. Joining him in the score books were Davis and Preston Brown (Hendersonville) with 10 points each.



Brown was top dawg as the Panthers uncrowned the Georgia Kings 82-73 with 16 points and 12 boards. Austin Kirby (Station Camp) chipped in with a dozen, Victor Malo (USN) added 11 while Douglas and Davis finished with 10 each.










Roadrunners Stay Unbeaten.. Squeeze Past Howard

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It was everything I thought it could be and more.

What a fantastic choice for the second game of my hoops caravan around the state.

Austin East remained unbeaten on the young season slipping by a determined howard squad 64-60 in Knoxville.

Despite losing majority of their squad to graduation the Hustlin Tigers came to play. They held a lead throughout the majority of the contest before sophomore guard Brandon Lopez (Austin East) made a sic driving bucket and converted the foul shot then stole the inblounds and hit one of two to tie the contest.

A couple of clutch inside hoops from Travai Pryor (Austin East) and a clutch three from rising senior Chance Jones (Austin East) helped close things out for the Runners.

Pryor led AE with 20, Lopez chipped in 15 and senior Chase Jones added 14.

For the Hustlin Tigers their scoring balance was led by Calvin Ross with 13 and Chris Deloney with 12.

Class AAA Region Match-Ups


First round games of the region tournament are now officially set to start on Saturday. Here is a list of the action that tips tomorrow evening for the Class AAA ranks. First round games are played at the higher seed and semi-final games will be at the designated location.


Class AAA

Region 1AAA

Site: Science Hill


Jefferson County @ Science Hill

Daniel Boone @ Cherokee


David Crockett @ Morristown East

Sevier County @ Dobyns-Bennett


Region 2AAA

Site: Oak Ridge


Maryville @ Oak Ridge

Anderson County @ Knoxville West


Karns @ Bearden

Knoxville Catholic @ Knoxville Central


Region 3AAA

Site: Rhea County


Coffee County @ Ooltewah

Cleveland @ White County


Bradley Central @ Cookeville

Warren County @ McMinn County


Region 4AAA

Site: LaVergne


Franklin County @ Siegel

Riverdale @ Shelbyville


Blackman @ Lawrence County

Lincoln County @ LaVergne


Region 5AAA

Site: Gallatin


Dickson County @ Gallatin

Hendersonville @ Clarksville


Beech @ West Creek

Northeast @ Wilson Central


Region 6AAA

Site: Ravenwood


McGavock @ Brentwood

Hillsboro @ Hunter's Lane


Centennial @ Overton

Hillwood @ Ravenwood


Region 7AAA

Site: Munford


Raleigh-Egypt @ Dyer County

Jackson Northside @ Cordova


Munford @ Craigmont

Arlington @ Brighton


Region 8AAA

Site: Collierville


Whitehaven @ Ridgeway

Kirby @ White Station


Germantown @ Melrose

Memphis Central @ Southwind

Memphis YOMCA Shines at Nike Boo Williams EYBL


The Memphis YOMCA came bursting out of the block at the Nike Boo Williams EYBL this weekend in Virginia.

The Memphis crew finished the event at 4-1 beating Playground Elite, Alabama Challenge, Arkansas Wings before losing to Athletes First in a tough one.

Jarnell Stokes (Memphis Central) and Shaq Goodwin (Georgia) were the big dawgs for the Y, averaging around 20 points and 10 boards a game respectively.

Stokes went for 28 markers and 11 boards in the win over the Wings.

Anthlon Bell (Bartlett) had an outstanding tournament leading the YOMCA in scoring with 19 in the win over Playground Elite and finishing the event at a 16 per game clip.

Austin Nichols (Braircrest Christian) had a sterling tournament effort of his own, blocking shots, grabbing tough boards and scoring against some very tough competition.

Guard play was strong for Memphis with Blake Johnson (Memphis Central) playing very steady and setting up everyone else for scoring opportunities and Markell Crawford (Melrose) who gave some great minutes when he was in the game.


In some other news concerning players from our state, Alex Poythress (Northeast) was simply a beast all weekend according to onlookers, he notched 24 points and 11 caroms against MeanStreets and was a demon all weekend long playing for the Georgia Stars.


The Tennessee Travelers started out with a bang winning their game on Friday night 78-67 over the Jackson Tigers. Craig "The Professor" Bradshaw (CPA) led the way with 22 points.

Carson Brooks (Knoxville West), Terrence O'Donahue (McCallie), Shannon Hale (Science Hill) and James Scales (Cherokee) played well during the five game session.

In the 16 and under Boo Williams tournament the Travelers got some steady performances from Kenny Dean (Alcoa) and Brock Rowan (Stone Memorial) but struggled as they played in their first event of the year.


In the 15 and portion of the Boo Williams Invitational, the Travelers picked up steam after falling twice early they rallied for a big win and a confidence boosting effort for the youngsters who have come together for the first time.

Rob Marbury (FRA) was outstanding from start to finish according to onlookers he dominated a highly visible Class of 2014 national recruit and gained a great deal of confidence along the way.

Clay Leatherwood (Gatlinburg-Pittman) shot the ball well all weekend and Will Jennings (Overton) and Eddie Hitchcock (East Ridge) had some nice moments as well. Devin Sibley (Karns) and Travon Fields (Science Hill) both had their best effort in the final game victory, getting the butterflies out and playing like they are capable.